Master of Science
in Analytics

Gain Specialized Data Analysis Skills

Analytics@American, the online Master of Science in Analytics (MSAn) program from the Kogod School of Business, prepares students to become experts in data analysis. Students will learn how to use data to solve a variety of organizational and business challenges related to fiscal performance and operational effectiveness.

An MSAn degree is ideal for professionals who want to apply data insights to make a real difference for their organizations. Students in the program learn how to use evidence-based data gathering, data modeling, and quantitative analysis to help businesses make informed decisions and gain competitive advantages.

AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accredited

American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized and professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

An MS in Data Science vs. an MS in Analytics

The online MS in Analytics program focuses on the important relationship between business and analytics strategy. Compared to an MS in Data Science program that typically offers an education focused on how to design algorithms and statistical programming, the MS in Analytics explores how the data gained from those algorithms can be used to influence a wide range of industries.

MS in Data Science

  • Focuses on foundational data collection techniques, featuring courses like Database Management and Statistical Programming
  • Is designed for domestic and global business professionals
  • Prepares students for careers such as business operations manager, financial manager, and budget analyst

MS in Analytics

  • Focuses on data analysis, featuring courses like Business Insights Through Analytics, Statistics, and Database and Big Data
  • Is designed for professionals looking to use advanced mathematical models and methods to solve problems at their job
  • Prepares students for careers such as financial analyst, business intelligence consultant, and supply chain manager

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Enhance your data analysis skills and gain the tools you need to advance your career. Learn more about the online Master of Science in Analytics program.


The Kogod online analytics program prepares students to make educated assessments by applying analytical techniques to real-world business practices. Unlike many data science master’s degree programs, the applied business emphasis provides students with the opportunity to explore the business domain of their choice. You can also customize your degree by choosing one of our pre-designed focus areas or designing your own.

Program Requirements

  • 33 total credit hours
  • 6 core courses
  • 4 elective courses
  • 2 in-person practicums in Washington, D.C.

Core Courses

  • Managerial Statistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Database and Big Data
  • Business Insights through Analytics
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Business Intelligence

Applied Tools and Programming Languages

  • SQL
  • Tableau
  • Hadoop
  • R + R Studio
  • Excel and add-ins (XLMiner and Analytic Solver)

Focus Areas

Students can concentrate their degree program by choosing a pre-designed focus area or by selecting electives that best suit their goals. Focus areas include:

Business Foundations

Develop the core management skills to make better business decisions for your organization through courses such as Strategic Thinking and Managerial Economics & Corporate Strategy.


Focus on strategies to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cybersecurity attacks through courses such as Cybersecurity Risk Management and Cybersecurity Governance.

Financial Analytics

Develop both analytic and financial expertise through courses such as Financial Statement Analysis and Forensic Accounting: Fraud Examination & Litigation Support.


Prepare for success in this field and appeal to potential employers and clients through courses such as Business Law & Ethics and Strategic Thinking for Decisions.

In-Person Practicums

The curriculum includes two in-person practicums, which take place on American University’s campus in Washington, D.C., that allow students to solve business challenges with real organizations. Some of the organizations that Kogod has partnered with include Capital One and Venture Capital. Students use descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics tools to find solutions to problems these organizations face. In addition to these problem-solving projects, students attend talks from business leaders and explore the nation's capital.

Applying to Analytics@American

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply. GMAT and GRE scores are not required. To complete the application, you must submit the following:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores (optional)

The MS in Analytics program has four start dates throughout the year. Kogod accepts applications on a rolling basis.

January 2020 Cohort

Priority Deadline: October 28, 2019

Final Deadline: November 25, 2019

Classes Start: January 6, 2020

April 2020 Cohort

Priority Deadline: January 20, 2020

Final Deadline: February 17, 2020

Classes Start: March 30, 2020

Class Profile

Analytics@American students bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences to the classroom. The Kogod School of Business is proud to encourage these viewpoints in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

52% /48%

Male / Female


Minority Students

6 Years

Average Work Experience

*This information includes: Hispanic/Latino, black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native students, as well as two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories.

Online Learning Experience

Analytics@American students attend live, online classes where they interact and collaborate via webcam with Kogod faculty members and classmates. They complete weekly self-paced course work that complements the assignments and discussion in the live classes and have full access to office hours.

The Value of a Master’s in Analytics

In the MS in Analytics program, students learn to use the most up-to-date data analysis strategies to transform relevant information into tangible solutions. Graduates prepare to work as intelligence analysts, financial analysts, marketing analysts, business analytics consultants, entrepreneurs, supply chain managers, and more.

“I was looking for a program that gave me the ability to better understand businesses and business issues combined with the skills required for data analysis. That combination is ultimately what helped me successfully land my current job.”

John Gayton

Analytics@American Graduate, Services Data Analyst at Agilent Technologies

Use Data to Advance Your Career with a Master of Science in Analytics

Gain expertise in data analysis and learn to apply new insights in your industry. Request information about the online Master of Science in Analytics program today.